Gonzalez leads Padres to 8-5 victory over DBacks

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PHOENIX (AP) -- Adrian Gonzalez hit his majors-leading 18th home run and drove in three runs, and the San Diego Padres defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 8-5 on Wednesday night for their 11th win in 12 games.

David Eckstein added three hits and an RBI as the Padres took two of three in a wild series between NL West rivals. San Diego rallied from a six-run deficit to win the opener, then nearly climbed out of a six-run hole in the second game.

On Wednesday night, San Diego opened a 5-0 lead behind Jake Peavy (5-5), then watched Arizona pull to within 5-4 before putting the game away with three runs in the eighth inning, taking advantage of four walks and two errors.

Heath Bell got the final out for his major league-leading 14th save in 14 chances.

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